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Old 07-03-2012
CoachDavidShen CoachDavidShen is offline
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Default New Garmin Swim Watch

check out this new toy by Garmin on amazon

wonder if its better than the Swimsense。。。。
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Old 07-03-2012
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Wow looks good.

I like that it logs the times of each lap along with the rest and then automatically start again by the look of the graph.

A pity i just brought my poolmate but it does do the job of counting laps that i was after when i brought it.

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Wow looks good.

I like that it logs the times of each lap along with the rest and then automatically start again by the look of the graph.

A pity i just brought my poolmate but it does do the job of counting laps that i was after when i brought it.

Nick
being a gadget freak, i of course had to pre-order one ;-). will post here on how it well it works. given that the band on my swimsense is deteriorating due to pool water exposure, i am anxious to give this one a try. i would swim with my Garmin 910Xt but it's a bit bulky and looks like this one is better for pool swimming....whereas the 910XT is probably better for OW swimming because its GPS.
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Old 07-04-2012
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For what it's worth, Finis have recently released a little GPS unit (GPS only - clips onto goggles) that would be a good match with a watch like this or with the pool mate watches (which I have) which don't have GPS. They're about $140 or so. Good for OW swimming and leave it in the bag when at the pool.

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Default suggestions...?

I'm doing ow swimming so I read this thread with that perspective and was interested in what Chris wrote....
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Finis have recently released a little GPS unit (GPS only - clips onto goggles) that would be a good match with a watch like this or with the pool mate watches (which I have) which don't have GPS. They're about $140 or so. Good for OW swimming
I started looking at watches prompted by the Suunto Ambit, but in reality they feel way OTT for me (I'm hardly an athlete!) or else they seem like Mickey Mouse aimed for FB etc., so I'd like to ask your advice. Hope that's ok here? Maybe I should have started another thread...

I'd like something for ow swimming, to get an easier and more accurate idea of distance and time than poring over Google maps. Even though I'm a poor swimmer it'd need to be accurate as +/- 10m would add up to a big difference at this point, swimming to and fro. (I'd also like to use it in much the same way for xc-skiing)

My idea is to get away from over-concern on metrics by having them readily available. With a suitable device I could follow what my body wants to do and then see how that has measured up rather than set and then see how those made me feel. Perhaps this is all diversionary though, but I feel it might be motivational and take the guesswork out of things.
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Default The ultimate goggles

The ultimate goggles.

Built in GPS, lap counter, lap times, stroke count,heart rate, open water co-ordinates so you don't swim off course, blue tooth,tempo trainer, all data viewable in your goggles while swimming.

Hmm how good would it be :)

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Talvi - maybe the Garmin 910xt might suit your usage - others with more experience than me with these might chime in about this. I'm not so fussed about reviewing when I get home so the Finis one (which has no screen of any type) would suit me but the Garmin 910xt might be better for reviewing things on the go.


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The ultimate goggles.

Built in GPS, lap counter, lap times, stroke count,heart rate, open water co-ordinates so you don't swim off course, blue tooth,tempo trainer, all data viewable in your goggles while swimming.
Give it a few years... I know Google are (actually) working on 'wearable' PC devices like glasses etc. Sadly, the concept of actual Google Goggles (heh) probably won't happen but once the technology is out there, the swim manufacturers may pick up on the possibilities. (and maybe include email and Angry Birds...)

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once the technology is out there, the swim manufacturers may pick up on the possibilities. (and maybe include email and Angry Birds...) Chris
LoL Thanks Chris. I'm sure the guys over here (Finland) would like to see that! So, maybe I just need to start repeating the L'Oreal mantra and not look at the Visa bill :D
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I'm doing ow swimming so I read this thread with that perspective and was interested in what Chris wrote....

I started looking at watches prompted by the Suunto Ambit, but in reality they feel way OTT for me (I'm hardly an athlete!) or else they seem like Mickey Mouse aimed for FB etc., so I'd like to ask your advice. Hope that's ok here? Maybe I should have started another thread...

I'd like something for ow swimming, to get an easier and more accurate idea of distance and time than poring over Google maps. Even though I'm a poor swimmer it'd need to be accurate as +/- 10m would add up to a big difference at this point, swimming to and fro. (I'd also like to use it in much the same way for xc-skiing)

My idea is to get away from over-concern on metrics by having them readily available. With a suitable device I could follow what my body wants to do and then see how that has measured up rather than set and then see how those made me feel. Perhaps this is all diversionary though, but I feel it might be motivational and take the guesswork out of things.
Talvi, if you just want to know how far you swim then I use gulesider.no a lot as their mapping measures point to point so you can measure one end of a lake to another or you can plot a course around the edge of a lake if you choose to swim that way. I checked and it covers finland.
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Talvi, if you just want to know how far you swim then I use gulesider.no
Thanks Andy, I had a look. Found that it links to Eniro which is used here LoL Small world.

The drop down menus in http://www.gulesider.no and http://www.eniro.fi/kartta/ in Firefox don't work as designed (site not W3C compliant - designed for Microsoft!!) so I can't take advantage of the measuring tool and the superiority of the maps over what Google offers.

The biggest problem though is knowing exactly where I was and went :D
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